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Steel bosses welcome European Commission measures against Chinese products

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A worker on part of a steel press production line

A worker on part of a steel press production line

A worker on part of a steel press production line

The UK steel industry has welcomed anti-dumping duties announced by the European Commission on some Chinese products.

The Commission has imposed duties on hot-rolled coils of Chinese origin, ranging from 18.1% to 35.9%.

Gareth Stace, director of trade group UK Steel, said: "This is a welcome decision by the Commission given the continued efforts by China to undermine European steelmakers by dumping cheap steel on to the market.

"So long as China avoids taking steps to tackle its own issues with overcapacity and fails to adhere to the principle of free trade which is the lifeblood of the steel sector then such duties are going to be necessary to ensure we don't pay the price here in the UK and across Europe."

Steel companies in the UK have been hit by cheap Chinese products in recent years, as well as other issues such as high energy and business costs.

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